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February 2, 2009 - ASTM International Committee F40 on Declarable Substances is developing proposed standard WK21957, Test Method for Identification and Quantification of Lead in Paint and Other Coatings Using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry. Using x-ray spectrometry allows for nondestructive testing for lead, both in product and within paint that covers it. The proposed standard is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F40.01 on Test Methods.

Proposed ASTM Standard Provides for Use of X-Ray Spectrometry in Testing for Lead Content

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Press release date: January 30, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 30 January 2009 - The presence of lead in toys and other consumer products continues to make headlines. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a United States law enacted in August 2008, addresses the lead issue and makes provisions for the use of X-ray spectrometry in testing for lead content.

To aid the toy and consumer products industries in using X-ray spectrometry for lead detection and meet the requirements of CPSIA, ASTM International Committee F40 on Declarable Substances is currently developing a proposed new standard, WK21957, Test Method for Identification and Quantification of Lead in Paint and Other Coatings Using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDXRF).

According to Stanislaw Piorek, principal research scientist, Thermo NITON Analyzers LLC, and a member of Committee F40, using X-ray spectrometry allows for nondestructive testing for lead both in a product and within the paint that covers it. While an ASTM standard that covers XRF testing in paint for lead does exist (E2120, Practice for the Performance Evaluation of the Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer for the Measurement of Lead in Paint Films), the proposed new standard will also be appropriate for use with toys and other consumer products.

WK21957 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F40.01 on Test Methods. All interested parties are invited to participate in the standards developing activities of the subcommittee and of Committee F40.

For technical Information, contact Stanislaw Piorek, Thermo NITON Analyzers LLC, Billerica, Mass. (phone: 800-875-1578; Committee F40 meets April 22-24 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. ASTM's open consensus process, using advanced Internet-based standards development tools, ensures worldwide access for all interested individuals. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, please contact Brynn Murphy, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9640;

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.
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